Despite all the Sturm und Drang, Cathie Black is poised to become the next New York City schools chancellor. Education Commissioner David Steiner passed the waiver needed — due to her lack of education experience — today, despite his advisory panel (and scores of others) recommending he deny it.
On Friday, Mayor Bloomberg said that Black would appoint Shael Polakow-Suransky, who does have education experience, as senior deputy chancellor and chief academic officer.
Still, per NBC NY, “a Quinnipiac University Poll showed New Yorkers believed by a 2-1 margin that Black was not qualified for the job.” And, as to be expected, the drama is not over. The Observer reports that a group of teachers will hold a news conference in front of Black’s former HQ at the Hearst Tower tomorrow, to apply for her job. Given that soon-to-be-former Schools Chancellor Joel Klein is actually joining Murdoch, this seems a little silly, but what do you expect given the state of education these days? Maybe they even have a point.